How to Block lifehacĸ Referral Spam

2 Methods: Create an Exclude Filter | Filter Language Spam in Google Analytics

What is lifehacĸ

Don’t be alarmed to see unusual lifehacĸ referral traffic mixed in with your website’s Google Analytics data. The referral traffic is not actually It’s a domain name that replaces the K in with a special “ĸ” figure in order to make it look like the real website. A Russian referrer spammer named Vitaly recently began to spam a few legitimate and legitimate-looking domain names across Google Analytics accounts around the globe and lifehacĸ is one of them. Other legitimate domain names that this spammer spammed include,, and many more. The reason why this spammer is spamming your Google Analytics data with lifehacĸ referral traffic and referral traffic from other legitimate websites is to get your attention and persuade you to visit the associated URLs in your web browser.

lifehacĸ referral spam

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This spammer has been referrer spamming various browser add-ons and websites for quite some time and doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. The downside to this is that it can ruin your Google Analytics data and make it hard to monitor your appropriate information. The traffic acquired from referrer spam can affect most of the data in your GA reports. For example, the referrals will appear to land on a single webpage on your website and leave from the same website and this will create a 100% bounce rate. If your website is targeted by referrer spammers you may not be able to identify your website’s actual bounce rate unless you filter the traffic out.

Although referrer spam can ruin your analytical data it will not harm your website or affect your website’s SEO, including your rank in Google search results pages. This is simply spam that wants to get your attention.

The spammer will utilize various tactics in order to make it look like your website received referral traffic from lifehacĸ even though it really did not. This type of web traffic is a specific type of web traffic known as “ghost traffic.” The spammer essentially sends phantom visitors to your website’s Google Analytics account in order to make it appear as if someone visited your website from the referral URL.

Referrer spammers usually target your website’s data for several reasons:

  • Referrer spammers want to promote a website and want you to visit the webpage or search for it online through Google search engine results pages.
  • Referrer spammers want to boost their rank on Google search engine results pages by creating backlinks. They do this by logging requests into your website’s access log, which is then crawled by Google’s indexing bots and seen as a backlink to the spam site.

Create an Exclude Filter

1. Open your Google Analytics account and go to the Admin tab> Click Filters on the right side in the VIEW section.

2. Click the + ADD FILTER button to create a new exclude filter.

3. Add lifehacĸ or something you can easily remember as the Filter Name.

4. Select the Custom Filter Type.

5. In Filter Field, find and select Campaign Source in the list. In the Filter Pattern text box, add lifehacĸ and click the blue Save button on the bottom of the webpage. To add multiple URLs to the same filter you can make a Filter Pattern similar to this with a | between each URL: | Example\.com | lifehacĸ

Also See: How to exclude all hits from known bots and spiders in Google Analytics (Bot Filtering)

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.

Comments ( 54 )

  1. Replyojasbharti
    Very important and useful article, thanks !
  2. Replyfreerojgar
    Nice Post..Thanks for Sharing
  3. ReplyTapan
    Thanks for article
  4. Replydigitalgirlie
    You write in this article: "They do this by logging requests into your website’s access log, which is then crawled by Google’s indexing bots and seen as a backlink to the spam site." How do I prevent them from doing this? By writing that htaccess code I've been seeing here in the comments? Also, I'd love to kick Vitaly's a$$. Tell him that when you see him.
  5. ReplyStephane
    The issue is that the same spammer is constantly changing the referral source name. For a while it was "" and now it's "Twitter". Keeping up to date with this spammer is really annoying. I see that he's mainly spamming from 2 locations in Russia: Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Can anybody tell me if he's spamming Google Analytics directly? Or does he have to load a web page on the site he wants to spam?
  6. Replyevery childs dentist
    Thanks Sean, for sharing details how to avoid spam traffic.
  7. ReplyBunny David
    Thanks for this. My site was attacked with spam and i have solved now
  8. ReplyCollagen Adiva
    hello erro lifehacĸ
  9. ReplyCollagen Adiva
    “Vote for Trump!” – OMG, has our website been hacked?!!
  10. ReplySteve
    I was happy to see my traffic is increasing but then I got your information. Seriously It's so messy. thank you for your great help. I appreciate.
  11. ReplyShefpk
    ahh thank you, you saved me from visiting, one less user for these suckers
  12. ReplyClaudio
    Thanks a lot! Just started a new website and it was showing 400+ visits! then I realized they were all from Russia and i knew something was wrong!
  13. Replyabyarry
    I really appreciate this, i was initially happy to see the traffic.. Lol and i thought it was coming from the original lifehacker, but then when it had no effect on my adsense (both pageiews and revenue), i knew something was wrong. This post helped, 100%! Keep it up man!
  14. Replyhavu
    I am getting more of this referral. Had reddit and but they stopped and only lifehacker now.
  15. Replykorn
    and now i see from reddit that seem to be spam the location is from Moscow and Saint Petersburg Imust to add and the on exclude filter? thank you
  16. ReplyJason Ring
    Thanks for the post! I have been getting hammered by this spammer. Your directions for creating the filter were easy to understand and have been implemented.
  17. ReplyGabriel
    Thank you - this just started showing up on my own reports.
  18. ReplyAnonymous
    never mind, just changed it again, and Campaign Source seems to be working. Thank you.
    • ReplyAnonymous
  19. ReplyTax King Inc
    Same with me, I am getting from all these sites | | | | | | lifehacĸ | |
  20. ReplyCarl
    Thanks for the insight. My GA just got hit today by lifehacker
  21. ReplyIdan
    Thanks for this post.
  22. ReplyJessie
    Thank you! Question - how do i filter out the spam traffic from my views?
  23. ReplyTronar
    Finally Spamers are blocked.
  24. Replycelebnest
    I am also start getting referral traffic from this site, now i blocked it. thanks man.
  25. ReplyShafi Khan
    Hey Sean, Thanks a lot for this tutorial. This spam traffic was increasing day by day and I hope now it would put and end to it.
  26. ReplyFaraz
    Thanks for this information. They were attacking my analytics too.
  27. ReplyAnonymous
    Thanks a lot for this information it was very helpful.
  28. ReplyGulshan Kumar
    I was also facing same issues. I installed a plugin called Bot Blocker. Let see hows it goes
    • Replydigitalgirlie
      Would love to know if this worked for you. Please update if you can.
  29. ReplyClaudio
    Lol, it's amazing how many comments over the last 2 days. F*cking spammers
  30. ReplyAnonymous
    Thanks a lot for providing this tutorial. This Russian site has been spamming my sites for some time now.
  31. ReplyMohammad
  32. Replyebizguy
    Knew it from the start that this is not real traffic. Now after reading your article, understood it better. Thanks a lot
  33. ReplyAlex
    Thanks for this!
  34. ReplyEmo
    I have got lots of this lifehacker. It does not seem to help to filter it!!
  35. ReplyTy
    Thanks for this!
  36. ReplyGurjyot
    Thanks for this article, my website is suddenly getting a lot of traffic from lifehacker. But, now that spam traffic can be put to rest using this article.
  37. ReplyAdesanmi Adedotun
    Thanks for this tips. When I noticed this site I was very happy hoping the one of my articles got caught by Lifehacker not knowing it was a spam. But thanks to this article and I will be able to monitor my traffic now and put my mind off increase in bounce rate.
  38. ReplyAli
    Same Question in my mind which is.. Does it affect server speed or Site Speed? Thanks
  39. ReplyEva
    Thank you so much for this article. I hope my problem will be solved after it.
  40. ReplyXavi R - Spain
    Code for htaccess: [code] RewriteEngine on # Options +FollowSymlinks RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} lifehacĸer\.com\/new-revolutionary-shell-from-lifehacĸ [NC,OR] RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}\.com RewriteRule .* - [F] [/code]
    • ReplyXavi R - Spain
      Oh, fail on: [code] RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}\.com [/code] Remplace with them: [code] RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} o-o-8-o-o\.com [/code]
    • ReplyXavi R - Spain
      I test and prove, finally code: [code] RewriteEngine on # Options +FollowSymlinks RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^lifehacĸer\.com RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} lifehacĸer\.com\/new-revolutionary-shell-from-lifehacĸ [NC,OR] RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}\.com RewriteRule .* – [F] [/code]
  41. ReplyParam
    I am getting more of this referral. Had reddit and but they stopped and only lifehacker now.
  42. ReplyVictor
    Hey Sean, Thank you for the article! I am now taking care of these spams that show up. didn't show up per say, but a few others you've listed did:,,, I have added all of these to be excluded in the filter pattern. Will GA exclude past present and future entries for these or will it just exclude these spams from the moment I turn on the filter? Thanks! Victor
  43. ReplyJagdish kashyap
    Good stuff. So many webmasters are seeing these can't of sites in their GA stats. besides these data have no use. Thanks mate!
  44. ReplyTarun
    Thanks for you valuable guide to filter the analytic data. I implied and get ride of it. thx.
  45. ReplyLagu Minang
    Thanks for article, I have some traffic from lifehacker
  46. ReplyGkexams
    Does it affect server speed
  47. Replyزیرنویس فارسی
    thanks for your atricle i have some traffic from this site!
  48. ReplySourav Adhikari
    I am getting it too, in fact, there are tons of fake traffic
  49. ReplyJason
    Hey, Sean, Thank you for this. I have noticed that lifehacĸ has been popping up all over my GA. I followed your instructions and it seems to be working fine now. Kind regards, Jason
  50. ReplyWebmaster